Washington Park District Youth Athletics, Illinois

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Jr. High Boys Basketball Rules

Boys 6th-8th

East Peoria, Germantown Hills, Metamora, and Washington



A game will consist of four eight minute quarters with each divided into two equal periods.  At the four minute mark of each quarter, the clock will stop to allow for substitutions.  Period substitutions are not considered time outs, therefore no team huddles are allowed with players checking into the game.  The team with possession of the ball at the end of each period (four minute mark or two minute mark in the event of overtime) will retain the ball to start the next period.  If the end of a period comes during a shooting foul situation, the free throws will be attempted with the rebound determining possession.  The start of each new quarter will be determined by the possession arrow.  A five minute break will occur at the half of each game.

All games will start at the designated time unless otherwise specified by the League Director or the League Representative.  A team must have five players to start the game but may finish with less than five in the event on an ejection, foul outs, or injuries.  A forfeit will occur after five minutes past the designated start time if a team does not have the minimum number of players to start a league game.  Coaches may elect to play the game but the forfeit stands for determination of league standings.

Two time outs are permitted per half with an additional time out given in the event an overtime game takes place.  Time outs not taken during regulation play do not carry over to the overtime period.  An overtime period will consist of a four minute extended play period divided at the two minute mark for substitutions.

A continuous play clock will be used with the clock stopping for the following:  injury, official’s time out, personal fouls, and time outs.  On a non-shooting foul, the clock will resume when the ball is put into play.  On a shooting foul, the clock will resume with rim contact of the first attempt (1 and 1) or second attempt (2 shots).  Also, the clock will stop on all whistles during the last minute of each half.

In December games teams are only allowed to play man to man defense. In January teams can add half court Zone Defenses (Non-Trapping). In February, teams may add Half Court Trapping Defenses. Teams may only play man to man full court defense the last two (2) minutes of each half. If one team gains a 15 point lead, the winning team will not be allowed to play full court defense or play half court trapping defense.



Only one head and one assistance coach will be allowed on the bench during a game.  Only the head coach will be allowed to address the officials.  The officials reserve the right to remove any coach from the game that does not comply with this rule.

It is the responsibility of each coach to see that each team member present for the game is entered into the official scorebook prior to the start of the game.  It is the responsibility of each player to register with the official scorer prior to entering the game.  The players must report to the scorer at the beginning of each period.

Game shirts must be worn (tucked in) in order to play.  No watches or jewelry of any kind will be allowed on the court.  Because the intent of this league is one of instruction, an equal play rule will be enforced.  No player can play more than one period more than any other and a strong effort will be made by coaches to rotate all players at the various playing positions.  Player substitutions during the game are allowed only in the event of an injury.  In the event of an injury, the partial period will count toward the player entering the game if the time remaining in the period is more than two minutes.  



The official scorekeeper will keep track of all periods played as well as the score and number of player fouls.  If one team gains a 25 point lead, the scoreboard will be turned off. All calls or decisions made by league officials during the course of the game are final.  Disputes regarding rules interpretation will first be directed to the League Representative and then to the League Directors. Unless otherwise noted in this document, normal “IESA” rules regarding game play will apply.



Technical fouls will be assessed by the game officials if needed.  A technical foul will result in 2 points being awarded to the opposing team, and the ball will be awarded to the opposing team at half court.  A coach that experiences a technical foul must remain in his chair or on the bench the remainder of the game.  A coach that receives 2 technical fouls will be automatically removed from the game, and he/she will be subject to review by the League Directors.

The Washington Recreation Association (WRA) will require all coaches to read and sign the “Coaches Code of Conduct”. 



Questions from parents regarding league play or rules should be addressed to the coaches and then the league representative if needed.  Parents are not allowed on the court throughout the course of the game unless directed by a league official, league representative or league director to do so.  Appeals of any suspension may be made to the league directors.  Those appeals may be directed to the following individuals:



I understand the rules as presented, and agree to abide by them in a manner set forth within the WRA Coaches Code of Conduct.


Head Coach’s Signature _________________________________________________________


Assistant Coach’s Signature ______________________________________________________


Revised 1/10/2014